Special Education Teachers

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Job Description

They teach children with physical or mental disabilities. They teach different subjects including communication skills, reading, math, and writing.


Most special needs teachers work in public schools, teaching at preschool, elementary, middle, and high school levels. Some work in private schools year round.

How to become a special needs teacher

To work in public schools, they need to have a bachelors degree and a state issued license. Private schools only require special needs teachers to have a bachelors degree.


The median annual wage for special education teachers in general is $55,060 per year.

For high schools - $56,830

For middle schools - $55,780

For elementary schools - $53,820

For preschool - $52,480

Job Outlook

The job outlook will grow at a rate of 6%, which is slower than the average for all occupations.

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